The government has no power to ban protests, Dino Melaye has said, adding that what it should do is to “work with the people or welcome a revolution”.
The 46-year-old former senator tweeted Friday: “Government have no power in our extant laws to ban protest. So Government must realise that the people have woken up from their slumber. Work with the people or welcome a REVOLUTION. SDM.”
Government have no power in our extant laws to ban protest. So Government must realise that the people have woken up from their slumber. Work with the people or welcome a REVOLUTION. SDM pic.twitter.com/UypSakFPG0
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) October 16, 2020
In an earlier post, the politician, a member of the 8th Nigerian National Assembly, representing Kogi West Senatorial district, noted that “we shall overcome”.
Buhari lacks power to lockdown Lagos, FCT, Ogun — Dino Melaye explainsFile Photo: Dino Melaye and President Buhari
“My respect to all endsars Protestants. We will not take the front seat, least they politicize the struggle. Power truly belong to the people. EndSARS nowwwwww,” he added.
Several hundreds of Nigerians have continued to embark on online as well as offline protests against police brutality despite the government agreeing to break up of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and replacing it with Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).
It has also pledged to release all arrested protesters, prosecute all police officers accused of wrongdoing and reform the police force, but demonstrators have little faith in the promise.